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prescind

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verb pre·scind \pri-ˈsind\

Definition of prescind

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to withdraw one's attention

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to detach for purposes of thought



Origin of prescind

Latin praescindere to cut off in front, from prae- + scindere to cut — more at shed


First Known Use: 1650


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